In short interviews with our employees we illuminate aspects and questions of our daily work with BlueSpice and our customers. In this article, we will focus on the topic of customizing. An interview with Sabine Gürtler, Team Lead Service & Support at Hallo Welt! GmbH.
In short interviews with our employees we illuminate aspects and questions of our daily work with BlueSpice and our customers. This article deals with the topic of data migration. An Interview with Robert Vogel, Team Lead Product and Software Development at Hallo Welt! GmbH. Continue Reading
It is crucial for organizations that the documentation in their wiki is stored in a comprehensible and revision-proof manner. BlueSpice MediaWiki now supports you in the balancing act between traceability and data protection. Against the background of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we have revised our enterprise wiki software with regard to the protection of personal data.
The GDPR defines a number of basic rights that are also relevant for BlueSpice MediaWiki users:
- Information: Users have the right to know what data about them is stored in the system.
- Data portability: Users must be able to extract the data stored on a platform and transfer it to another system.
- Correction, erasure or blocking: Users may request or arrange for their data to be corrected. They may also request the deletion or blocking of access to their data.
- Forgetting: It must be possible to cancel the linking / assignment of data to individual users.
- Consent: Users must be able to give their differentiated consent to the storage and use of their data.
The Munich software company Ryte has been using a BlueSpice 3 wiki from Hallo Welt! GmbH for its reference work on digital marketing. The resources maintained in this way are regularly cited in academic theses and make up a large part of the sessions logged on the Ryte website.
“At the start, our developers simply built and maintained a wiki just for us. We had nothing like we have now,” explains Pauline Mitifiot. She is a marketing expert at Ryte GmbH in Munich, a SaaS (Software as a Service) company founded in 2012. Now, Ryte’s wiki has become an important treasury, a leading online resource of its type. In February 2018, the encyclopaedia was transferred to a BlueSpice MediaWiki wiki from Hallo Welt! GmbH. The reason: “the wiki had started to consume too much of our developers’ time and energy. And we needed them to concentrate fully on our product,” said Mitifiot.
Task breakdown, functionality, examples and training material: seven German states embrace a BlueSpice MediaWiki from Hallo Welt! GmbH, which makes it easy for members of staff to use a shared editing and information system on land consolidation and explains all the topics that arise.
It is a mammoth project that was undertaken about seven years ago by the German states Brandenburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt: the implementation of a joint editing and information system for all issues relating to land consolidation (Flurbereinigung), working with a uniform data set and the technical standards connected with it.
After the release of the long-awaited BlueSpice version 3.0 at the end of 2018, we are pleased to announce significant improvements of our enterprise wiki software with our first patch release.
In this article we give you a quick overview of the new features you can expect:
Today, the connection to a central authentication server is the standard for a corporate wiki. In the following introduction, we explain the most important backgrounds, processes and concepts.
Beyond a certain size companies manage users and user groups centrally in one common directory. Of course, MediaWiki can also be connected to such a central directory with the help of LDAP, which greatly simplifies the life of administrators. In this and in the following articles we would like to explain the basics and the current developments. We will start with a few basic questions.
Experienced and creative authors already got to know the diagram editor draw.io a long time ago. It is based on a web application, already developed by the company JGraph as free software, and it is already compatible with diverse applications like, for example, Confluence.
draw.io is also available for MediaWiki, making is possible to display processes, elaborate flowcharts and much more and in many ways. This fulfils the desire of many wiki users to create and present clear graphics like flowcharts, process chains and decision trees, working collaboratively in the wiki.
We have had a look around at what interesting skins are available for MediaWiki and here we present those we think are the ten best.
But first, we will say a few words on MediaWiki and skinning in general. When comparing new MediaWiki skins, one always comes back to the following three themes:
- Navigation: Orientation towards mobile applications has significant consequences for the layout and design. It becomes “flatter”. The edit functions are in the background so as not to overload the small screen, and to reduce complexity. In this way, the pages appear more attractive on the web, and the “Mobile First” skins are more handsome, particularly for the reader. A power user wanting to work in the wiki will often find such skins problematic because they need extra clicks to access the functions they need.
- Semantic support: Many wikis use Semantic MediaWiki to work with metadata. Some skins integrate functions from the semantic extension into the skin or customise the layout in such a way that it does not break the optical design.
Let us now look at a few skins.
Continuing our comparison of BlueSpice MediaWiki and Confluence – with a short summary.
In this second part we concentrate on those functions aimed more at power users and administrators than at normal users. (Read here part 1 of our comparison)
BlueSpice and Confluence differ significantly in how they deal with metadata. Continue Reading